A sensational first half performance has helped Manchester United secure a comfortable 3-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon.
However, the game could have panned out differently as Phil Jones almost put the ball into his own net early on with a wayward backpass to David de Gea. Thankfully for United, the Spaniard rushed across his goal and stopped the ball from going in with his feet.
It was a strange opening to the clash but the home side settled and showed some good tempo to their play. United edged it in terms of chances and went in front when Fellaini finished past Hugo Lloris with his weaker left foot. Fellaini owed a lot to Carrick, who slipped him in with an exquisite through ball.
The goal was just reward for United following a bright start in which they knocked the ball about with plenty of confidence. They doubled their lead ten minutes later and Spurs could have no complaints after being dominated from the off. This time, Fellaini returned the favour to Carrick by making himself a nuisance from a corner before the 33-year-old arrowed a header into the net.
Hungry and full of energy, United’s first half performance contained some of the best football they had played this season. It came as no surprise, then, to see Wayne Rooney dance through the Spurs defence before slotting home for their third. Louis van Gaal’s side were excellent to a man and completely deserved their commanding lead as they went in for half-time.
Mauricio Pochettino obviously had words with his Tottenham players at the break and they did much better in terms of possession during the second half. Ryan Mason sold Carrick with a dummy on the edge of United’s box but his subsequent effort went wide of the goal. United slowed down at the other end of the pitch but you still got the sense that they were in control of proceedings at Old Trafford.
Spurs sent on Erik Lamela in an attempt to change things but Ander Herrera came close to adding a fourth for United moments later after striking into the side netting. The Spaniard later set up Rooney for a tap in but the goal was wrongly ruled out for offside. A comfortable end to the game for United then allowed them the luxury of sending on Andreas Pereira for his Premier League debut. It was a crucial victory for the club and one they won in resounding style.